Uloric is a popular gout medication for treating excess uric acid that has recently been linked to acute renal failure, along with other health problems like:

  • heart attacks
  • strokes
  • death

Our defective drug lawyers believe that those who have suffered Uloric-related health problems may have grounds for a lawsuit. You can learn more in a free consultation.

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A recent study by Arthritis Research & Therapy has revealed a correlation between the use of Uloric (febuxostat) and the development of acute renal failure. Prior to the release of this study, there was already evidence that users of the prescription drug for gout sufferers were more susceptible to heart attacks, stroke, and death induced by the medication. This new study has revealed that the serious health problems caused by Uloric could also include kidney issues.

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What is Acute Renal Failure?

Acute renal failure is also known as acute kidney injury. If your kidneys have suddenly stopped working, or the failure has occurred over a very short period of time, you are suffering from acute renal failure.

This is a very serious medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Acute renal failure can lead to permanent kidney damage, including chronic kidney disease or kidney failure.

There are certain factors that can increase the risk of developing acute renal failure. Groups that are at a higher risk include people who:

  • Are 65 years old or older
  • Have previous kidney diseases or kidney issues
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have unrelated chronic diseases, including diabetes and diseases of the heart and liver
  • Have peripheral artery disease

This new study potentially adds a new at-risk group to that list: people who have taken Uloric and other forms of febuxostat. The study has also found a correlation between the use of a similar medication called Zyloprim (allopurinol) and acute renal failure (ARF).

Results of Uloric (Febuxostat) & Allopurinol Acute Renal Failure Study

Arthritis Research and Therapy analyzed records from the World Health Organization’s VigiBase pharmacovigilance database from January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2018. The organization found 3,509 “suspected drug” notifications for Uloric (febuxostat) and 18,730 for allopurinol. Out of those 3,509 for Uloric, there were 317 cases of ARF. There were 1,008 ARF cases for allopurinol.

According to this study, cases of acute renal failure were 5.7 times more likely for febuxostat users and 3.3 times more likely for allopurinol users when compared to other drugs. According to the study, “Due to the potential consequences of ARF, physicians should take account of this disproportionality signal when prescribing the ULTs febuxostat and allopurinol.”

What Should I Do If I’ve Suffered From Acute Renal Failure After Taking Uloric?

If you or someone you love has suffered from acute renal failure or another serious health problem that has been linked to Uloric, we advise discussing your legal options with an experienced defective drug lawyer.

Uloric has already been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths. This newly established link between Uloric use and acute renal failure raises further questions of how such a dangerous drug has been allowed to stay on the market, endangering the lives of countless consumers.

Pharmaceutical companies that release dangerous drugs must be held accountable for their callous disregard for the lives of consumers. Uloric manufacturer Takeda has already been named in a whistleblower lawsuit, which alleged that the company was aware that the medication could cause kidney failure and bone marrow issues.

Negligent pharmaceutical companies can be held liable through defective drug lawsuits. If you or someone you care about has suffered acute kidney failure, a heart attack, or cardiovascular death that you believe may be related to their use of Uloric, our defective drug lawyers are prepared to help you determine if you have grounds for a Uloric lawsuit. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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